God Almighty... I'm not READY for this.
I don't want to spoil him for four weeks and then lose him... how does one deal w/something like that???
Cinder... our oncologist read the slides in her office and saw some abnormalities that are not common in B-cell lymphoma, so she is assuming it's T-cell. We'll know for certain in a few days, because they do some sort of DNA testing to be sure.
There are different treatments for both forms, but we started chemo so he won't choke to death in the meantime... and you are right - his neck looks much better right now and he is breathing okay.
She also thinks that the cancer has already spread to his stomach... and ALL the nodes on his body are enlarged and visible... so that's definitely not a good sign.
I can't believe it all just sort of "exploded" overnight... our vet says she has NEVER seen it happen this fast and in ALL the lymph nodes at once at that rate.
Surgery isn't even a remote option at this point...
Mick was sooo good at the oncologist... she didn't want to sedate him for a second time in one day, and we had him muzzled and "pinned", but he was a trooper and actually let her check his neck, take blood and administer his shot without losing his mind... or anyone losing a finger.
Mick doesn't want to eat and he's drinking a LOT of water because of the Prednisone... I hope he gets his appetite back by tomorrow.
Thanks, you guys, for all the hugs and good thoughts... and the ribbons! They actually made me smile after a long, frustrating, rotten day.
I also appreciate all the offers of help... unfortunately this isn't something any of you can "fix" and I feel just as helpless as the rest of you.
My poor guy was HOWLING when he woke up earlier and didn't see me right away... he scared the crap out of me... but I know how he feels. I want to howl myself...